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COVID-19 Pandemic: When No Means More Than A No!

The novel Coronavirus pandemic has impacted humans like never before in the history of humankind on earth, because it has affected the vistas of personal choices and personal likes and dislikes of people. Of course, wars including the world wars did and do impact lives, but not to the extent as on the present prolonged crisis. Thanks to the advisories and preventive measures to check the spread of the disease most people have successfully specialized in saying no to so many things they prefer to say a resounding yes. This is in sharp contrast of the commonly observed phenomenon that people, good-natured as most of them are, find it extremely difficult to say no, and many social analysts consider ‘saying or meaning no’ a negative trait, barring serious situations when a ‘no’ strictly means ‘no’ and should be respected by all concerned parties or offenders. In view of the pandemic that still does not want to leave humankind alone this specialized ‘no’ has assumed a tremendous and time-defining significance.

How you wish things had been normal and your housemaid started coming to your house, reducing the load of household chores on you and your spouse. Living in home continuously needs cleaning up more regularly than on those days when most of the members would leave home for jobs and other errands, and a super-clean house would await the arrival of the beholders most eagerly and a bit discontentedly too. You’d definitely like to be a help to your toiling and tiring spouse, somehow. But you shall say no as you ought to.

How desperately you’d want to break the monotony of stay-at-home or working from home by going out to indulge in your most ordinary desires like having a cup of special tea at the neighbourhood shop or having a hot snack at your favourite food-joint on the most frequented and economic food lane, and meeting your regular pals at the most familiar lounging points. How desperately you’d want to dine out with your family taking your loved drink or shopping in the inviting malls that you always preferred as one of the weekend outings. But you’ll continue saying no as you ought to, irrespective of whether those facilities were allowed to operate or not yet.

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